Anal Fissures: What They Are and How To Treat Them

Diagram of a fissure in anoThe term “anal fissures” doesn’t exactly make a great conversation piece at parties, and most people are too embarrassed to talk about them at all – even with their doctors! However, it’s essential to understand anal fissures and pursue proper treatment.

The alternative is to continue to ignore your pain and suffer the complications of an untreated anal fissure. Here’s the most important information you should know!

What Are Anal Fissures?

Anal fissures are small tears in the very thin and delicate tissue that lines the anus. This isn’t an area of your body that you can see for yourself, so the following symptoms may indicate the presence of anal fissures:

  • Bleeding with bowel movements
  • A cutting, knife-like pain with bowel movements
  • Spasms in the ring of muscle at the end of the anus that may last for hours after a bowel movement
  • Temptation to avoid bowel movements as often as possible

Don’t Be Fooled By Incorrect Anal Fissure Treatments

Most doctors do not understand the intricacies of anal fissures, causing them to improperly diagnose and treat the real problem.

Most people who visit a general physician or go to the emergency room for anal fissure pain are misled with improper treatments. Doctors commonly recommend Preparation H and other steroid suppositories, but both of these treatments actually interfere with wound healing by decreasing blood supply. Other doctors perform an extremely painful and unnecessary physical examination.

The Best Anal Fissure Treatment

At the Hemorrhoid Treatment Center of Florida, Dr. Shapiro has more than 40 years of experience diagnosing and treating anal fissures. He uses your personal history and a very gentle, superficial exam to identify anal fissures. It’s always Dr. Shapiro’s objective to treat anal fissures with non-invasive measures like healing creams that relax the muscles and stimulate healing.

If creams don’t work to resolve your anal fissures, Dr. Shapiro can perform a minor surgical procedure with local anesthesia. Call (727) 724-4279 today to schedule your appointment and finally achieve relief from your bowel movement pain.

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